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Montreal Protocol Parties Move Closer to Managing Hydrofluorocarbons under Most-Successful Environmental Treaty

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28/07/2015

Parties to the Montreal Protocol, the world's most-successful environmental treaty, moved closer to finalizing a mandate for a contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the treaty during their thirty-sixth Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG 36) held from 20 to 24 July in Paris, France. HFCs are man-made fluorinated chemicals that do not deplete the ...

Offshore wind industry sets record year for installations in first half of 2015

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31/07/2015

Installations in the first half of 2015 touched 2,342.9MW - tripling the grid-connected capacity for the same period last year. As a result, total installed offshore wind capacity in Europe hit 10,393.6 MW in 82 wind farms across 11 countries. Kristian Ruby, Chief Policy Officer at the European Wind Energy Association, said: "It has taken the offshore wind industry just six months to set the ...

Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit

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31/07/2015

Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution. Some $1.5 million of the funds from NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources are earmarked for a community health wellness center on the nearby Moapa ...

OSHA Announces New Hazards for the Healthcare Industry

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30/07/2015

Last month, OSHA announced that agency investigators would increase their focus on a set of new key hazards for the healthcare industry during upcoming inspections. These hazards will aim to address musculoskeletal disorders related to patient or resident handling; blood borne pathogens; workplace violence; tuberculosis and slips, trips and falls. To those in the healthcare industry, ...

Photometry Compendium: Episode 2 is live!

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31/07/2015

Have you seen episode 2? New video is live: spectral analytic and special hands-ons – watch it on www.photometry-compendium.com The absoption spectrum  is a characteristic of a given substance. Spectral photometers offer the ability to characterize spectral behaviour over a range of wavelengths. Using such a scan, one can, for example, identify the best wavelength for a ...

ADB, Experts Discuss Ways to Protect Groundwater Resources in PRC

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31/07/2015

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) sponsored a 2-day forum in Beijing to discuss various innovative measures and technologies to protect groundwater resources in the country. Depletion of groundwater resources is a major concern in many parts of the PRC, particularly in the drier northern regions. In many rural areas, most of the groundwater is used for agricultural purposes and extensive use has ...

Eriez to launch new dual frequency separator at RWM 2015

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29/07/2015

Eriez Europe to showcase latest developments in recycling separation equipment with new Eddy Current Separator (ECS) design at RWM 2015 on September 15th to 17th, at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. The new NG-24 ECS is suitable for multiple applications and features a new cantilevered design, which allows for the ECS belt to be changed in as little as 10 minutes by maintenance staff. Eriez Europe ...

California says water use fell by 27 percent in June

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31/07/2015

California's unprecedented system of mandatory conservation imposed on cities got off to a strong start with water use plunging 27 percent in June, regulators said Thursday. Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board showed 265 of 411 local agencies in California hit or nearly reached savings targets. The governor ordered cities to reduce water use by 25 percent to prepare in case ...

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